Horticulture Innovation Lab's 2015 annual meeting
Explore our 2015 annual meeting photos in Flickr.
When: June 8–10
Where: Lusaka, Zambia
Radisson Blu Hotel, 19029 Great East Road, Arcades, Lusaka
The Horticulture Innovation Lab gathered its team of collaborators in Zambia for its 2015 annual meeting.
June 8 was a workday for current project leaders and team members, focused on learning about newly funded research projects and finding synergies between projects.
On June 9, local horticultural leaders and international development professionals joined the team for a day-long conference focused on local innovations and the future of horticulture in Zambia. The same group gathered June 10 for a tour of agricultural innovation sites near Lusaka.
The program's International Advisory Board also met in advance in Livingstone to visit sites of past and future Horticulture Innovation Lab projects and to provide guidance for the program's next steps.
Photos from the meeting are available in our 2015 Annual Meeting albums on Flickr.
Here is an article about the event, highlighting speakers and activities: What we learned at the annual meeting.
We also have a blog post based on the gender workshop, called "9 tips for incorporating gender into a research project."
Below are select presentations and posters from the event, all as PDF files. The conference program (PDF) is also available. Please check back, as we continue to receive additional files and other highlights to share.
Workday, June 8
- Horticulture Innovation Lab: Broad goals for Phase II
Elizabeth Mitcham, Horticulture Innovation Lab, UC Davis
- Incorporating gender into research and project design
Highlights on the blog: 9 tips for incorporating gender into a research project
Janelle Larson, Penn State
Leif Jensen, Penn State
Arie Sanders, Zamorano
- IPM Innovation Lab: Opportunities for collaboration
Rangaswamy (Muni) Muniappan, IPM Innovation Lab, Virginia Tech
Project posters, bus stop round #1:
The conference program (PDF) includes agendas for June 8-10, as well as a list of participants and information about the Horticulture Innovation Lab's activities in the region.
- Conservation agriculture in Cambodia and Nepal
Manuel Reyes, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
- Vegetable grafting in Honduras and Guatemala
James Nienhuis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Regional Center at Zamorano in Honduras
Julio Lopez, Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano
- Nutrition in Zambia and Kenya
James Simon, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Project posters, bus stop round #2:
- Irrigation in Uganda
Kate Scow, University of California, Davis
- Gender equity in Honduras
Janelle Larson, The Pennsylvania State University
- Regional Center at Kasetsart University in Thailand
Poonpipope Kasemsap, Kasetsart University
- Potato storage in Bangladesh and other innovative technologies
Michael Reid, UC Davis
Conference, June 9
- Why horticulture is important for international agricultural development
Elizabeth Mitcham, Director, Horticulture Innovation Lab, UC Davis
- Feed the Future programs in Zambia
Olive Kaluwa, USAID/Zambia
- Innovation for Agricultural Transformation: Lessons for the horticulture sector in Zambia
Samuel Bwalya, UNDP Ethiopia
- Farm Business Advisers: Comprehensive service provision for rural farmers from local entrepreneurs
Lottie Senkwe, International Development Enterprises (iDE)
- Panel introduction slides: Future opportunities in horticulture
Dale Lewis, COMACO
Mark Stokes, MRI/Syngenta
Jim Simon, Rutgers
Sylvia Banda, Sylva Foods
Exhibitors at the Expo
- COMACO and It's Wild!
- Mawa Project
- CASH Project and Mitengo Women's group
Tour, June 10
Each group visited these locations, though in a different order:
- AgBIT is a public-private partnership that aims to accelerate innovation and serve as an incubator for start-up businesses in agriculture. Many of their current start-up businesses are related to the horticulture sector, from seed production to fruit and vegetable processing.
- The Lilayi Cooperative is a farming cooperative with approximately 50 members. The farm grows African indigenous vegetables, sweet potatoes, and cabbage using greenhouses and rainwater harvesting. This farm works with USAID’s Commercial Agribusiness for Sustainable Horticulture (CASH) project.
- The Mitengo Women's Group grows a variety of products for market, including moringa seedlings, mushrooms, dried vegetables, guava and tomatoes. The group has worked with ASNAPP and USAID's CASH project.
HORTICULTURE INNOVATION LAB IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Watch the video about our African indigenous vegetables project in Zambia above, or on Vimeo. A team from Rutgers University created two videos about the work of our partners ASNAPP, Rutgers and Purdue University in Zambia. Read more and watch both videos on our blog.
So far, the Horticulture Innovation Lab has supported more than $2 million in horticultural research projects in Southern Africa, which is approximately 16 percent of the program's total portfolio. Learn more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab in Southern Africa from our fact sheet (PDF) or from the list of projects below.
- Improving nutrition with African indigenous vegetables: Kenya and Zambia
James Simon of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, leads the nutrition project, "Improving Income and Nutrition of Smallholder Farmers in Eastern Africa using a Market Driven Approach to Enhance Value Chain Production of African Indigenous Vegetables"
- Strengthening value chain for African indigenous vegetables: Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia
Stephen Weller of Purdue University led "Sustainable African Indigenous Vegetable Production and Market-Chain Development for Improved Health and Nutrition and Income Generation by Smallholder Farmers"
- Improving postharvest practices with local market support: Zambia
Jim Simon of Rutgers led "Sustainable Development of Horticultural Crops in Zambia by Introducing Postharvest Technologies and Practices for Food Security, Income Generation and in Support of the Tourism Industry"
- Improving vegetable quality with local market support: Zambia
James Simon of Rutgers led "Sustainable Development of Horticultural Crops in Zambia for Food Security, Income Generation and in Support of the Tourism Industry"
- Integrating Rooibos tea farmers with fair-trade markets: South Africa
Laura Raynolds of Colorado State University led "Improving Market Access for Emerging South African Rooibos Farmers"
- Establishing GIS data for horticultural projects: Malawi
Darcy Boellstorff at Bridgewater State University led "Geographic Information Accessibility for Improving Horticultural-Based Income Generation in the Mzimba District of Malawi"
- Evaluating support for smallholder production of paprika and tomatoes: Zimbabwe
Hans Christian Wien at Cornell University led "Evaluating the Support Structure for Production and Marketing of Tomatoes and Paprika Among Smallholders"
PAST ANNUAL MEETINGS
- 2014 in Honduras
- 2013 in Kenya
- 2012 in Thailand
- 2011 in USA (Davis)
- 2010 Inception workshop (Singapore)
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